Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Beauty and joy
the daughter of Jerusalem: ... the city that is called ‘ The perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole earth’. (Lamentations 2:15)
God's intention is that the church of every city is to be the perfection of beauty and the centre of joy for that city. Holiness, when it comes out of a regenerated life, is not a heavy deal. A truly regenerated soul cries out with joy, "I delight to do your will O Lord; and to walk with You is not grievous to me." A truly regenerated person loves the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul, with all his mind and with all his strength, and he loves his neighbour as himself. Such passionate love for the Lord and for the family of God, also passionately loves the commandments of God. God's commandments, when lived out under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, lead to a life of beauty and joy, and these are perfected over time through obedience.